After I finished my very first 25 minute run back in week 6 I started to notice a dull pain in my upper right thigh. At first I didn't thnk anything of it, just soreness from running that much for the first time and being a heavier weight (5'4 160 pounds). It wouldnt hurt when I walked or stood around. I have a front desk job at a hotel where I stand for 8 hours a day behind a desk and it never bothered me then, until I started back on the treadmill. During week 7 I had no problems running the 25 minutes straight, except at the very beginning I noticed my leg would hurt but I'd usually just run it out and wouldnt hurt after the first 3-5 minutes of my run. So I never thought anything of it really until the other day I started on Week 8 Day 2. The 5 minute walk in the beginning I noticed it hurt a little more than usual, then I started running. I was mostly limping than running, I probably looked goofy as hell on the treadmill. I ended up quitting after trying to run it out for 5 minutes and the pain took a while to go away. I came home, googled the symptoms and found that runners have had something called a stress fracture in their femur. Apparently they also believed it was just soreness and thought nothing of it, ran anyway and ended up on crutches and unable to run for 3-6 months or longer.
My question issssss... has anyone had this happen to them before? After i realized this is a definite possibility that I have a small fracture in my femur and shouldn't run until it heals, which could take weeks or months, I just about cried from disappointment. One week left to graduate and I'm too worried to keep going in fear of really damaging something.
I would go to the doctor's office but I have no insurance so this is a complete self diagnosis. Thanks